Springfield Symphony Orchestra ready to strike the right chords again (Editorial)

The event is called “Sensational Beginnings,” and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the season is sure to live up to the bill.

The symphony is one of the cultural gems of the city and of Western Massachusetts. For a mid-sized town like Springfield, having an orchestra among its many cultural attractions is a blessing.

The performers will be the Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, who have agreed to play the 2022-2023 season of the SSO without having finalized a collective agreement. To say that labor negotiations between the musicians and the symphony orchestra board were difficult would be a gross understatement and has been well documented in the media.

On Saturday night, however, the spotlight will be where musicians and their aficionados want it: on music that will be led by guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and an honored name in the music world. classic. . Renowned cellist Joshua Roman will also be one of the star performers at the orchestra’s first concert this season.

This concert will be the first of eight and will open the orchestra’s first full season in two years. “Messages from Mozart” will be next November 5th.

The contentious negotiations have raised understandable concerns about the future of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and its importance to the region’s cultural and artistic world.

All music lovers should hope for a fair resolution to the differences between performers and management. At the same time, we should all be grateful that an arrangement has been reached whereby the musicians have agreed to perform this season.

This will allow the heart of downtown Springfield to come alive with performances from an exquisite ensemble of musicians and a lineup of world-class guest conductors.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra, founded nearly 80 years ago, is a cultural icon the city and region need. The return of SSO to the stage makes the town even more normal and whole.

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